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Tilicho Lake Trip Overview:

Tilicho Lake Trekking is one of the most attractive trekking destinations in the Annapurna Region, Nepal. Tilicho Lake is at the altitude of 4919m in Manang district, Northern part of Nepal. This is the world’s highest Lake. It is formed from the glacial melt of the northern slope of Annapurna Mountain and Thorung top. This is one of the blessed Lakes of Hindu people so Hindus around the world come here to take a holy bath. As this Lake is at the isolated territory of the Annapurna region, Tilicho lake trek is one of the adventurous trekking. 

Tilicho Lake
Tilicho Lake

Tilicho Lake Trek takes you through Jomsom.  The glorious skyline, gray and white mountains that glitters on a lovely weather day and the diverse ethnic communities you will meet up on the way give you some kind of thought of the world we are not familiar with. In spite of the fact that trekking Tilicho Lake is a difficult trekking course, it is one of the best trekking courses in the Annapurna area. In Tilicho Lake trek staggering looks at the world-famous Annapurna and other delightful peaks such as, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Nilgiri and Himchuli offer joy to the trekkers which help to make their long excursion untried. Also with magnificent natural beauty, cultural and traditional values, dazzling waterfalls and running clean water streams, holy sacred temples, colorful monasteries, Gompas, and appealing floras and faunas. Hence, this trip is truly exciting, thrilling and pretty much fulfilling.

Things to Do at Tilicho Lake Trekking

  • Start Early in the day so you get enough rest.
  • Eat Local and Stay local.
  • Carry cash, there is no ATM  on the way. 
  • If you feel uncomfortable, get down to the lower altitude.
  • Acclimatize your body, walk slow but steady.
  • Drink enough water to stay hydrated in high altitude.
  • Don’t just take pictures, do take your time to enjoy being close to some magnificent peaks of the world.
  • Respect the locals, ask before taking pictures.
  • Carry your trash and dump it at designated spots.

Best time to Travel Tilicho Lake

The best season for an excursion to this region is March to May and September to November. June, July, and August are the low a long time to visit Tilicho Lake as the path stays tricky and sloppy because of the rainstorm. It is crowded during the Dashain season. It is moderate during Tihar. 

Level of difficulty of Tilicho Lake Trekking 

This is a moderate level trek for the individuals who can stroll for only two or three days. All things considered,  proper acclimatization is advised. For foreigners, it requires a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management Systems) and ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) permit to get to Tilicho Lake.

How to get to Tilicho Lake/ Trek Route and Itinerary

You can take local microbus (KTM – Besisahar, Besisahar – Chamje).

Day 01: Kathmandu – Chamje(1400 M): Drive 7-8 hours

You drive along the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway to Dumre and afterward follow the narrow and cleared street by the Marshyangdi River to Beshisahar, the district headquarters of Lamjung district. From here, you find some well-known mountain tops, a great deal of common green scenes encompassing the valley. From Beshisahar you can take jeep which takes you to Chyamje. On the way,  You can have beautiful views of waterfalls making sounds as it strikes with stones and the local culture of the Gurung community. After you reach Chyamje you can take overnight at lodge/guesthouse.

Day 02: Chamje – Dharapani (1400M-1860 M): 6 – 7 hours

The next day start your trek to Dharapani. On the way, you will have a more incredible view of the high hills, waterfalls, gorge, and snowed tops. Crossing the suspension bridge over Marsayangdi River underneath Chamje and following the waterway upstream, you will arrive at the town of Tal, the first town in the Manang region. You will cross the waterfall at Tal and keep strolling tough until you reach Dharapani. Overnight in Dharapani.

Beautiful villages houses under clear blue sky
Tilicho Lake Routes

Day 03: Dharapani – Chame (1860 M/2715 M): 5 – 6 hours

After getting your permit checked, you will start the climb to Bagarchhap. You climb through forests of pine and oak as you pass your way.  You will cross Marsyangdi River a few times as you keep on following the path of Marsayangdi to reach Chame. You can see the east peak of Annapurna II as well as Lamjung Himal, Kangaru Himal, and Pisang Peak to the north-east. As you gain height, the air begins to get cooler. Overnight in Chame.

Day 04: Chame – Pisang (2715 M/3185 M): 5 – 6 hours

Leaving Chame, you will enter a forested way loaded up with pine trees and keep on moving close by Marsyangdi River. You continue through a fir and pine backwoods, moving to a high, rough zone as the contrary bank turns into a blocked precipice. With the display of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and Annapurna IV, you land in Dhikur Pokhari before crossing suspension bridge Marsyangdi River to enter Pisang. Stay overnight at a lodge in Pisang.

Day 05: Pisang – Manang (3185 M/3450 M): 6 – 7 hours

Past Pisang, the path climbs a precarious edge that manages great perspectives on the Manang valley and Tilicho top. Plunging past Manang’s airstrip at Hungde, you go to a level region from where the north-east face of Annapurna III  rises majestically above you. From the wide fields of the Sabje Khola Valley, Annapurna IV additionally seen. You will keep on strolling through the snow-capped timberland to reach Manang by means of Lophelling Monastery, Sher Gompa, Braka Monastery, and Bodzo Gompa. Just past this point, you cross the extensively diminished progression of the Marshyangdi Khola by means of a wooden bridge to the minor town of Mungji. After a short steep trip, you reach Manang which is a shockingly huge town for this remote mountain area. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Horses carrying bags and walking on the trail to Tilicho lake following by trekkers
Trails to Tilicho lake

Day 06: Acclimatization day in Manang.

If you feel you can trek more, then continue your trek to Khangsar. But I recommend you to take rest and visit Manang Village. Climb up to the wonderful Gangapurna Lake from where an astonishing display of Marsayangdi River valley, the Annapurna extend, Gangapurna, and Tilicho Peak can be seen. Likewise, visit the ancient monasteries and the old town of Tenki while in Manang. Watch and observe lovely views on green landscapes, brilliant mountains, Chortens, and Monasteries. You can also explore the one of a kind culture and lifestyles of local people. 

Day 07: Manang – Khangsar (3450 m/3734 m): 4-5 hours

After enjoying an awesome day at Manang, start your trek on the trail filled with pine trees to reach the village of Khangsar. As you walk forward, Tilicho Peak begins to show up seemingly within easy reach. You will pass by a way that comes to the Khangsar River. Intersection the stream, you will reach Khangsar town. This town is an old-styled Tibetan impacted town and is otherwise called olden type villages of Nepal. Overnight at lodge/guesthouse.

Day 08: Khangsar – Tilicho Base Camp (3734 m/4140 m): 5-6 hours

As you leave Khangsar, you will continue from a western pass on a large path, passing a Gumba(monastery) and go over wide pasturelands specked with brushing yaks. The route ahead goes on a recently constructed path up towards a high edge.  Proceed with the new way, arrive at a high peak, and plummet on bends cut out through the screed inclines to a side valley of the fundamental valley. On its opposite side, there is a building known as the Tilicho Base Camp at a rise of 4,200m. This is the place rest out for an Overnight at a guesthouse. 

A beautiful Mountain and sloppy hills
A beautiful Mountain and sloppy hills

Day 09: Tilicho Base Camp – Tilicho Lake (4140 m/4919 m): 5-6 hours

Today, the main day of your trekking, you will visit the charming Tilicho Lake. You will make a precarious trip tough on a way loaded up with snow and ice almost throughout the year. After the intense trip, you will arrive at the entrancing Tilicho Lake. There will be extreme cold, as it is the lake of the highest attitude in the world. After spending some time around the lake, you will move back to base camp and stay overnight there. 

Day 10: Tilicho Base Camp to Yak Kharka (4140m/4018 m): 6-7 hours

As you hike gradually down from base camp, the path rises by almost 500m to Yak Kharka. The trip relentlessly goes through Tenki Manang, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley. The path will go through Khangsar town and proceed with tough close by Thorung Khola. Continuing with the Jarsang Khola Valley, you arrive at Yak Kharka at 4,000m. as you climb by you will see that Herds of yaks and vegetations seem to disperse hereabouts. You will have a lovely vista of the surrounding mountains like Tilicho Peak, Khatungkang, Chulu, etc from Yak Kharka. Stay overnight in Yak Kharka.

Day 11: Yak Kharka – Thorung Phedi: (4018 m/4450 m): 5-6 hours

Leaving Yak Kharka, you climb continuously to an edge before slipping to the headwaters of the Marshyangdi and crossing via a covered wooden bridge. After a short rising up the mountain way on the correct bank, you follow a tight path over a shaky binge slant. Accompanied by the continuous view of the surrounding peaks Thorung Peak, Syagang, Khatungkang, Purbung Himal, you will reach Thorung Phedi. Overnight in Thorung Phedi.

Welcome Board at the peak of Thorong La Pass

Day 12: Thorong Phedi – Muktinath (4450 m/3802 m) via Thorong La Pass (5416 m) 

Today starts your trek promptly in the morning because if you delay it then the weather may create some difficulties. As you will cross the highest and thrilling passes in Nepal, Thorong La Pass (5416m), which separates Manang with Mustang. The climb to Thorung La Pass is very challenging as you will be required to walk on the snowed and iced path. After you climb for 4 hours, you will be at the highest point of Thorang La pass. After this, it takes around 4 hours more to arrive at the heavenly spot – Muktinath.   Muktinath is a pilgrimage spot for the two Hindus and Buddhists. It is believed that you can be liberated from all your pains and sorrows after you take bath in 108 Dhara of this heavenly sight. You can likewise visit Jwala Mai Temple where you can see natural spring and an everlasting fire powered by flammable gas. Stay at the hotel. 

Day 13: Muktinath – Jomsom (3802 m/2720 m): 5-6 hours

Early in the morning, visit Muktinath, one of the great religious sites of Hindus and move through the trail of Kagbeni or Lupra to reach Jomsom. This day you will trek along Kali Gandaki River to reach Jomsom. The path will at that point lead you to the apple plantations of Kagbeni with a perspective on Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m) and other frigid pinnacles. You will cross a concrete bridge over the Kali Gandaki River to enter the windy town of Jomsom. Jomsom is a solid blustery little town in a cool valley. You can get surprising important perspectives on Tilicho Mountain and wonderful wet slopes. Overnight in Jomsom.

Day 14: Fly from Jomsom – Pokhara: 20 minutes

After a healthy breakfast in Jomsom, take the morning flight to Pokhara of around 25 minutes. You will hover over the delightful Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges and through the deepest gorge in the world, Kali Gandaki River. After arrival in Pokhara, rest for a piece before heading on to explore the lake city. You can go for a boat ride in Phewa Lake under the impression of Machhapuchhre (6993m). Stay in Pokhara.

Day 15: Tourist bus drive from Pokhara – Kathmandu: 7-8 hours.

You will find early morning transport from Pokhara to Kathmandu. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu,  Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar are some places you will head up for breakfast, launch, washrooms. You will be dropped back to Kathmandu by evening. 

One of the intriguing parts of this trek is that it can join with Annapurna circuit trek according to trekkers’ advantage. On the off chance that the trekkers need a long excursion in the Annapurna locale, they can consolidate Tilicho lake trek with the Annapurna circuit which will additionally take them to the excellent and one of a kind Mustang district. Tilicho Lake trek follows the Annapurna circuit trek trail up to Manang and from Manang town trek reach Tilicho Lake through the Khangsar town. Subsequent to getting a charge out of the peaceful condition of Tilicho Lake Trek return by means of Yak Kharka and Jomsom.

Trekker walking in the snowy way


Try not to mix liquor in with the trekking while you are in the high altitude trip. We recommend that you limit your liquor utilization in Kathmandu before your outing and during the trek. Celebrate your accomplishments after your trek. Both liquor and caffeine increase dehydration. Both alcohol and caffeine increase dehydration so, limit your intake of both when hiking at high altitudes.

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